Injuries at Steelers Practice

New receiver added to the roster

Jeff Hathhorn
July 31, 2019 - 7:02 pm

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LATROBE (93.7 the Fan) – Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he enjoyed a second straight practice with high heat in Latrobe and how it challenged the team.

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There were three new injuries during day five of camp-Ryan Switzer (quad), Anthony Chickillo (undisclosed), Derwin Gray (fatigue), Herb Waters (shoulder).  Tomlin said no updates on those already out and working their way back.

“Liked some of the energy today, we are starting to focus on some of the areas of situational ball,” Tomlin said about practice Wednesday afternoon at St. Vincent College.  “A little no huddle, change of pace things, we will continue with those things in the developmental process.” 

“It’s about time, we’ve been here for a few days, to get some of those things going, to raise some awareness relative to the playing of the game and to get to know some of the young guys.”

A number of likely back-ups ran with the first team today including rookie receiver Diontae Johnson and up-and-coming linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi.

“We are going to be thoughtful about how we roll guys into groups,” Tomlin said.  “I wouldn’t read too much into the groups at this juncture.  The closer we get to in-stadium play we will start worrying about depth charts.  Right now we just want to challenge people.  We want to see them in a variety of groups versus a variety competition from an experience standpoint.”

New Receiver in Camp

Steelers were awarded free agent wide receiver Brandon Reilly off waivers.  He is 6’1”, 200 lbs and was most recently with the Lions and has also been with the Bills and Cowboys after playing his college ball at Nebraska.

“Not a lot,” Tomlin said when asked what he knew about his new receiver.  “I hear that he’s able and ready, and those two things are what we need right about now.”

Corner Alexander Myres was waived to make room on the roster.

Smith Plays Both Ways

He did so during team OTAs on the South Side in the Spring, now rookie linebacker Sutton Smith got work again at fullback in practice Wednesday.

“The more that you can do it helps your cause and ours,” Tomlin said.  “He’s a guy with some running back in his background, particularly in the high school level, really accomplished.” 

“He’s got the frame.  He’s a dominate MAC defender much like Rosie Nix was.  We are just sticking our toe in the water.  His main job is outside linebacker and that’s where his main focus is.”

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